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Floyd Mayweather shouldn't give Amir Khan privilege of Wembley fight

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Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs Amir Khan is a fight that has been mooted for some time, with the British boxer’s camp hankering for a chance to take on the undisputed best pound for pound boxer of his generation in the near future.

Mayweather however should not give Khan the chance to fight him no matter how much money is put on the table. The Brit has not done enough to present himself as an appropriate opponent and the American meanwhile has no need to threaten his legacy by leaving his adopted home of Las Vegas.

Sure Khan has quick hands and could make Mayweather move around the ring. He ha quick hands when he turned pro back in 2005. He had quick hands when he was being  tainted by a number of sloppy and downright worrying defeats against boxers Mayweather could knock out in his sleep.

Amir Khan does not deserve the right to be put on the canvas by the American no matter how many times he hankers for a fight with Mayweather - he still has a lot to prove.

Plus, with a fight between the pair not possible until May 2015 at the earliest due to other commitments, Khan still has to overcome at least one more opponent if he is to keep hold of the chance of taking on Mayweather.

Suggestions for this opponent have been Shawn Porter (IBF World Champion) and Keith Thurman - both potentially formidable fighters for the man from Bolton to take on and both perhaps, by May 2015, more deserving of a shot at the big prize.

The only reason Khan has any right to share a ring with Mayweather is because he happens to be able to offer him a Wembley vacation.

People talk about Mayweather needing to enforce his legacy by fighting in London but people have to remember that unlike the recent Froch vs Groves bout that was an historic moment in British boxing, Mayweather does not have that storyline to fulfil.

He should be content winning in the lights of Las Vegas rather than giving credit to a man, in Khan, who remains several accomplished performances away from the right to share a box office night with Money Mayweather.

Moreover, while the American may have intermitted that a fight in Wembley is something that he is interested in, the reality behind those words seems likely to be much different.

Mayweather has not fought outside of Las Vegas since defeating Sharmba Mitchell in November 2005 and his obsession with Sin City is not simply through fear of leaving familiar surroundings. 

The fighter has a business interest in sticking with the city, with reports suggesting that he garners the large proportion of Vegas site fees at high profile venues such as the MGM Grand. Wembley, despite it's size will most likely be unable to afford such riches.

You might argue that Mayweather already has enough money to consider taking a smaller piece of the cake so as to experience London, but when your nickname is 'Money' that is probably not where your priorities lie.

All in all Floyd Mayweather does not need to fight Amir Khan to protect his legacy. 46 fights across a host of weights does that for you. 

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